A Global Community

International Student Orientation will launch your Welcome Week, the kick off to your Rollins College experience. Orientation will help you get familiar with campus, connect you to other new students, and introduce you to our mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership.

Welcome Week: Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to the Rollins College community with over 300 international students representing over 60 countries. The Office of International Student & Scholar Services is committed to the thriving of our international students in their successful adjustment to life at Rollins and Welcome Week is where it all begins. You will explore campus, meet new students, and familiarize yourself with the wide variety of academic resources and student activities on campus. Taking advantage of all Rollins has to offer starts in these first few days and we encourage you to get off to a good start by fully participating in Welcome Week activities.

Pre Arrival

We've included some FAQ's and helpful guidelines here to make sure your transition to Rollins is smooth sailing!

1. Do I need to attend International Student Orientation if I have already gone to school in the U.S. before?

  • Yes, orientation is required for all students to attend in order to help better assimilate to life at Rollins. 

2. I am a Holt student, do I need to attend International Student Orientation?

  • Yes, attendance is required for all international students.

3. I am a US Citizen, but have lived a majority of my life outside of the U.S. do I need to attend International Student Orientation?

  • It is not required, but highly recommended that you attend International Student Orientation. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet other students who have lived outside of the U.S. If you do attend you will be required to participate in all sessions.

4. Are all of the sessions on the schedule mandatory?

  • Yes, every session is mandatory except for the social activities, though we highly recommend that you attend those if you are able to.

5. I’m an international student and an athlete and I’m concerned that my team’s practices may conflict with orientation.

  • We have worked with your coaches to come up with a schedule that works for everyone. Please see the schedule attached here that will include the sessions that have required attendance.

6. I am arriving early where do I stay?

  • For a list of nearby hotels please click here

7. Am I required to have health insurance?

  • Yes, this is required for all international students. you can get more information about the health insurance by clicking here.

8. Am I ready to go? What do i need to complete before I get to Rollins?

  • The FoxLink checklist is a great place to start.
  • complete your Course Preference Form and Housing Application on FoxLink. You'll receive your tentative course schedule created by our faculty in late June and your housing assignment from residential Life & Explorations in mid-July

9. What should I bring to Rollins?

  • Residential Life & Explorations has a great list of suggested items compiled here.
  • Don't forget that Winter Park and the greater orlando area has plenty of shopping options nearby, so don't worry if you forget something.

10. I have billing questions and want to pay my tuition. Who should I contact?

  • At Rollins, the Bursar manages your student account and billing information. You can reach them at 407-646-2252.

11. What else should I be doing to prepare for college life?

  • Read, read, read! Keep your mind active over the summer. You may want to start with the Common Read for the semester - Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.
  • Get immunized and send the Wellness Center your medical records.
  • Talk to your parents or guardians about expectations surround FERPA, your academic record, and living independently. 
  • if you're living on campus, get in contact with your roommate to talk about what to bring. 

Move-In

planning your arrival to rollins college

Be sure to have in your carry-on luggage:

  • Passport with appropriate Visa (F-1 or J-1), if applicable
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
  • Passport to Rollins: A Go-To Guide for International Students
  • U.S. cash

Flight delays:
If you have an airport pickup, be sure to have the contact information of the transportation company, so that you can inform them of the change in schedule.  If you miss a flight connection, please work with the airline to reschedule your flight and local hotel arrangements.

First port of entry in the U.S.:
Present your immigration documents and confirm that your passport is stamped & marked as “F-1” or “J-1” status and an expiration of “D/S.”

Transportation to Campus:  
The Rollins address is 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts living on campus AND are arriving on Sunday, August 20, 2017 between 9am – 4pm, please go directly to McKean Hall to check in to your residence hall.  If you are arriving earlier or later, please go to Campus Safety & Security to receive your residence hall key.                                 

IPA’s:
There will be a group of International Peer Advisors (IPA’s) to meet you on move in day for all College of Liberal Arts students. Expect to meet them at McKean Hall if you check in during Sunday, August 20, 2017. If you do not live on campus meet us at the Cornell Campus center for the Welcome Dinner Sunday, August 20, 2017. 

Immigration

applying for a visa for rollins college usa

After being accepted to Rollins College and submitting statements of financial support, students will receive a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 to apply for a student visa. In order to properly prepare for your visa interview, please follow these steps:

Check your I-20 or DS 2019
Be sure all information on your form is correct. Read the instructions on the form and sign it. You are allowed to enter up to 30 days prior to your program start date. If you discover an error on the form, contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services to discuss the situation.

Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee
After receiving your I-20 or DS-2019, pay the SEVIS fee. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program webpage will provide you with instructions on how to do so. Once paid, print two copies of the payment confirmation- one for the visa appointment and one for your own records.

Schedule visa interview
It is best to apply for your student visa in your home country. Be sure to take your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, Rollins College acceptance letter and financial documentation to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Canadian students are not required to obtain a visa. Bermudian students only need a student visa if their stay in the U.S. will be longer than 180 days. The amount of time needed to obtain a visa varies by consular post. 

Attend your interview
If you are denied a visa, you have probably not sufficiently proven to the consular officer that you are entitled to student or scholar status. We strongly suggest that you contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services if you are denied a visa so that we can assist you in your second application.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Do NOT enter the U.S. on a visitor visa or under the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Only use the I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Rollins College!
  • The I-20 or DS-2019 is very important - DO NOT lose it!

Orientation

College of Liberal Arts & Hamilton Holt Evening School Orientation Schedule:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

9:00 am - 4:30 pm     College of Liberal Arts students should check in with the Office of Residential Life in McKean
                                     Hall, if living on campus.
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm     International Student Orientation Check-in & Welcome Dinner
                                     Location: Faculty Club
                                      Please bring all immigration documents (passport, visas, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019)

Friday, January 12, 2018

7:30 am - 9:00 am      Breakfast on your own
                                      Location: Cornell Campus Center

9:30 am - 4:45 pm      Sessions
                                  
     Location: Olin Library, Room 230

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm      Bowling & Dinner - Aloma Bowl, Winter Park
                                      Location: 2530 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792
                                      Students should bring socks for bowling

Residential Life & Explorations
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue
McKean Hall
407-646-2649
rle@rollins.edu